One Less God
One Less God is the “inside the people inside the hotel” movie of the terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai, where 166 died in November 2008.
This is equally tough to watch and impossible to stop watching, as it deftly moves from the outside world of news to the inside of the hotel and we lose any sense of time or media as we focus on both ends of the gun – the terrorists and their victims.
The film by first-time writer/director Lliam Worthington is unashamedly teaching us about the importance of humanity and compassion, and that people of all kinds can and should find a way to live together.
Kabir Singh as one of the two key terrorists delivers a human performance in an inhuman role – and we see his inner conflict as he tries to stop killing but cannot find another way. Only top direction and acting can make us feel almost that he, like his victims, is stuck and cannot escape.
It is one of over 60 films to screen at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, from 10-22 August 2018.
The diversity of the cast in this Australian independent film industry movie underlines the central message of the film – humanity above race, religion or other belief.
It is hard to forget the voices of the terrorists as they go from room to room in the hotel, knocking on doors and in chillingly gentle tones saying: “Come out – we help you”.
This film is gritty, dirty, bloody and smoky, and is also an important reminder of how much terrorism India has experienced, with much of it unknown in the west.